Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ode to the past, present and future

~ On the Other Side of Sixty ~

Of late I have been in a deep introspective place in my heart and mind.  I guess it's normal as one approaches a big life event. Dealing with sudden rushes of sadness followed by tears, dread, then laughter and feelings of well being as I struggled with the issue of turning sixty this coming November 26th. How did it happen so quickly? I don't feel any different. I think the way I have always thought, albeit hopefully, with a little more wisdom. Well, of course my body has new little aches, my eyeglass prescription has been changed several times over the last few years to where I now must wear them all the time if I want to read something or work on my computer.  For the first time I am actually looking back over my life!

Has it really been 37 years since I first walked the halls of my first college - filled with the dreams of a starry-eyed freshman already counting the days until I would become a PhD. and professor of archaeology? Studying the ancient past to better understand the human condition, pondering what once was and considering how it might help us follow more straightly our path to becoming better at being human? Of course I was going to change the world!

Recently I was in contact with one of my beloved anthropology professors only to discover he had retired and had cancer. The ensuing shock accompanying the fact that he was the last of the anthropology department as I had known it.

Many of my professors had passed away at terribly early ages soon after I graduated and went off to graduate school, all unbeknownst to me at the time but nonetheless painful as I discovered this truth. I suddenly felt a gaping hole inside me - the kind you feel when you lose something or someone so close to you that they are a part of you.

The sadness was overwhelming. I was mourning not only my professors' absence but also all those bright shiny unfulfilled lost dreams.  The feelings were so totally new to me and flooded my mind so quickly I could do nothing but sit down and cry, and cry, and cry some more. Eventually as the tears subsided the emptiness that will never again be filled as it once was made a new void in my heart.

Now as I am a mere few days away from this right of passage I still have mixed emotions, some sad and some happy.  Not living in a society that reveres it's "Elders," where things are all youth oriented it is a challenge to "Grow Old Gracefully"; however, I am determined to leave my own unique statement upon this life colloquium.

Then I was a starry eyed anthropology student, a lover of nature, photographer, wife of a doctor, gardener, music lover, animal lover and free spirit.

Today I am a wife of another, artist, free spirit, gardener, medievil music lover, photographer, painter, writer, animal lover, naturalist, avid reader, blog designer, weaver, confirmed vanilla lover, and rescuer of worms from puddles, and spiders from the rain.

~Growing Old Gracefully~


Wednesday, November 19, 2014


I'm a little late getting my post up for this weeks' What's on Your Work Desk Wednesday but it's still Wednesday here in New Hampshire! :D  I spent the day putting the finishing touches on my supply turntable from last week.  You see the aftermath as I just finished it all up and was giving it a once over!  I like it so much I am going to make a two-tired version next.  Since clip-it up's are so scarce now I decided I will add hanging clips from the top tier and have access to the paper flowers I use all the time and perhaps some zip-locks with double sided tape, ink pads and so on.  OK, OK, enough babbling here is my first finished turntable...

and... remember a couple of posts back I found that really cool DIY dress form?  Well, that is going to be one of my next projects, aside from the double tiered supply turntable.  I found the perfect graduated wire baskets to use and they arrived a couple of days ago:

I know it's hard to see that they are indeed graduated in size... this was the best pic of the lot so you just need to use your imagination a bit.. you're all very good at that!  I know because I've seen your desks!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What's On My Work Desk Wednesday

Hi Everyone, well my desk is full of upcycled tin cans that are destined to be beautified and made into storage/organization for my art desk.  You know all those supplies you are always reaching for so why bother putting them away?  I just saw a video on Youtube, which I am linking to so you can go see if this project might be something you are interested in doing 
to prettify your art desk a little bit.  The YouTube video just shows you all the prettiness of the finished product... I am going to be working up a step-by-step photo version
and will post it on my website in the next couple of weeks in case some of you are interested in making one of these yourselves.

# 284

My Craft/Work Desk Today Wednesday

Where my inspiration came from: 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day 2014

To those that are serving and have served a very large Thank You for protecting our freedoms and ideals and keeping us safe!!!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Custom Dress Form

I don't know about all of you but I have been drooling over vintage dress forms for a couple of years now.  Of course I can't afford to have one of the gorgeous custom made dress forms and certainly can't afford a vintage one.  Next best thing? Make one!

Now, let's qualify that comment a tad first.  I have been on Pinterest for unusual amounts of time the past few weeks and today I was rewarded. I found a homemade version of a dress form that doesn't require one wrapping themselves in papier mache or duct tape and looks absolutely fabulous. Translation?  I just have to make one.  Don't worry, I am going to post the link to the gal's blog that was so stinkin' creative - just in case you want to make one for yourselves ... 
OK -
You start with these supplies:

And end up with this!

Holy Cow!  One can't be much more creative than this!!! So here is Susan's blog link to her post for making the dress form.  You should spend some time over at Susan's blog poking around because she has some great ideas... not that any of us is short on ideas...I'm just sayin' !

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Just a Few More Tweaks...

Those of you whom have been followers of my blog for a while know that I am fickle with the look of my blog... so many beautiful blog designs and only one blog... what's a girl to do?  Change her blog look regularly, that's what a girl is to do, lol!  Anyway, this girl!!!

You will recall the devastation that occurred at Mossberry Cottage with the logging and how much it affected my feelings about my home.  Well, of course that carried over to my blog back then because my blog was filled with the wonderment I felt about my "little piece of nirvana" and I wrote about it often.  That all changed with what I am calling "Black August" 2013 when all the trees came down. Since then I have been on a quest for a new blog name and a look that would match the many metamorphoses that I and my art have gone through over the past few years.

It is difficult to come up with a name suitable for a very eclectic muse...but I think I have finally done it.  Thus the new name on my blog... I think this one is going to stick.  The new name covers my art style and it's diversity while also accomplishing helping me to ring in my upcoming 60th birthday, *GASP*  I certainly don't feel 60, whatever that is supposed to feel like and of course there are the standard platitudes of, "you are only as old as you feel", blah, blah, blah... you get the point.  Nonetheless, I turn 60 on November 26th and I am going to celebrate that rather than dread it!!!

Although since I have returned to my beloved blog and loving friends I have shown a change in my art form it does not signal a defiance towards my woolly love, just a readjustment after spending the better part of a year learning the ins and outs of playing with wool and yarn, and discovering what I liked and disliked.   I am turning out to be a terrible knitter no matter how hard I try and rather ending up being a better crocheter.  A big disappointment in one sense in that I love the way knitting looks... I may try again some time down the road but for now my needles are silent.  I have come back around to mixed media and expect to be playing with this medium for a while now that the winds of art have swept my muse in this direction... remember I have a very eclectic muse.

So, you can expect to see an eclectic show of many different projects and I hope you enjoy the crazy ride that happens under the roof of the newly christened: The Whimsical Dowager!